OASIS (previously known as THE USERS), the sophomore feature from Ivan Ikić will world premiere in Giornate degli Autori Competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival.
Prior to OASIS, Ivan Ikić directed the international hit THE BARBARIANS (2014), which won the Special Jury prize at Karlovy Vary IFF and more than 12 awards at over 35 international festivals.
Ioanna Stais, Head of Sales & Acquisitions at Heretic Outreach comments: “When I first watched the film, I knew we had something very special in our hands. We were particularly touched and impressed by the representation of life in an institution for people with special needs. Working on the film challenged our very own perception of the world, and our love and appreciation for it grew stronger when we realized the magnitude of the filmmaking process.”
OASIS, an emotional, audacious love triangle set to challenge social norms.
Upon her arrival at an institution for people with mental disabilities, Maria becomes fast friends with the equally fiery Dragana. When it becomes clear that they are both in love with the more withdrawn Robert, their relationship is upset and gradually grows into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek to win him over. Being condemned to a lifetime of hiding away from society, the three teenagers’ profound longing for independence and human connection takes hold. Driven by the newfound feelings of desire and envy, their impulsive actions topple the delicate balance preserved by the institution’s stifling rules and spill over into confrontation and desperate measures for any way out.
Set in an actual institution and featuring its young residents in their first ever attempt at performing, OASIS takes us into a world that we all look away from, in order to tell a powerful story about what it means to be alive, needed and loved, and how life will always find a way to burst through the cracks.
2020 – Serbia, Slovenia, The Netherlands, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina | 120 min | Drama
Original language: Serbian
Cast: Marijana Novakov, Tijana Markovic, Valentino Zenuni
Produced by: Sense Production
Co-produced by: Tramal Films, Kepler Film, Les Films d’ Antoine, SCCA/Pro.ba